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De Lima urges Ombudsman to probe Duterte, Pharmally’s ‘PPP for plunder’

/ 04:52 PM September 28, 2021
Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday urged the Ombudsman to investigate what she dubbed the “Public-Private Sector Partnership for Plunder” of President Rodrigo Duterte and Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp., a firm which faces a Senate probe over alleged overpricing of medical supplies.

Ombudsman Samuel Martires, Sen. Leila de Lima and President Rodrigo Duterte. FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines — Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday urged the Ombudsman to investigate what she dubbed the “Public-Private Sector Partnership for Plunder” of President Rodrigo Duterte and Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp., a firm which faces a Senate probe over alleged overpricing of medical supplies.

“Kahit ngayon lang sa pagkakataon na ito, sana naman kumampi si Ombudsman [Samuel] Martires sa panig ng taumbayan. Huwag naman sanang puro lamang pagprotekta sa SALN [statement of assets and liabilities] ni Duterte ang kanyang inaatupag,” de Lima said in a statement.

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(Just this time, I hope Ombudsman Martires will side with the public and not just purely protect Duterte’s SALN.)

De Lima claimed that Pharmally literally killed people by delivering expired face shields for health workers’ use.

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“The Pharmally investigation has gone this far for us to discover that the crime did not only result in figuratively killing the people by way of plundering public funds during a pandemic, but also literally when expired face shields were delivered for the use of our healthcare workers,” she said.

“We should not stop until all those responsible for this plunder which cost lives are brought to justice. If only for this one time, we should not falter in seeking merciless retribution against these sociopaths at the PS-DBM and Pharmally who stole from our countrymen and killed our healthcare workers in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she went on.

De Lima likewise mentioned that “there is no longer escaping the inevitable conclusion that PS-DBM and Pharmally conspired to plunder more than 10 billion pesos of the people’s money.”

According to de Lima, this alleged corruption only happens in a conspiracy, when government officials allow it, saying Duterte is the lawyer of those involved in the investigation.

“That is why the lawyer for Usec Lao, Michael Yang and the Pharmally executives is none other than President Duterte. He will not do this if he was not at the top of the chain of conspiracy,” she said, referring to former Budget Secretary Lloyd Christopher Lao and former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang.

Earlier, de Lima called on the Anti-Money Laundering Council to freeze Pharmally executives’ assets.

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